Amber is not a stone in the traditional sense, as it is composed of fossilized tree resin. But its warm yellow tones and natural beauty makes it a great gemstone. Amber is also known for its healing properties.
Mostly from Baltic sources, amber is light enough that it floats on water, leading to it being found in many places worldwide.
Since amber is formed from sticky tree resin, it is common to find biological organisms trapped inside, such as spiders, flies and other insects. When conditions are right, the preserved tree resin fossilizes into hardened amber, creating a ‘time capsule’ preserving organisms that usually would not have been preserved.
Amber also generates static electricity when rubbed with a cloth. In fact, the terms ‘electron’ and ‘electricity’ come from the Greek word for Amber.
Amber has been used for its healing properties from Ancient Greece to Medieval times. Amber is thought to boost energy, generate enthusiasm, help with nervous disorders, and is generally enlivening, stimulating and strengthening.
Amber has been associated with mythology and folklore for centuries, and is a beautiful gemstone for jewellery and helpful healing stone.
© A Year And A Day (2013)